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Homemade Water Color Recipe – Preschool Art

This is an excellent recipe for preschool art.  Homemade watercolors give you the options to make custom colors, they keep well and make superior gifts.

 

Materials and Method
2 Tablespoons Baking soda
1 Tablespoon Vinegar

Mix together until the bubbling and fizzing stops. Wonderful time teaching moment for chemical reactions.

Add in 1/4 teaspoon of white corn syrup and 1 Tablespoons cornstarch. Stir well.

Add in paste or gel food coloring. Stay away from liquid food coloring because it tends to pool on the top of your paint when they dry.

It takes 24 hours for the paints to dry completely.  You can paint with them wet though.

Each mixture will fill 4 mini tin sections.

I like to make individual paint color cups and put them on palettes for my children to paint with.
mini watercolor palettes

 

Color Blending Chart:

Keep in mind the color guide is to be used as a guideline.  It will take a little playing around to get the color to you liking.

Play around with mixing gels or paste coloring in a small bowl before adding them to your paint mixture.

Orange: 6 yellow and 2 red
Rose: 8 Red and 1 blue
Lime Green: 5 yellow and 1 green
Brown: 7 red, 2 yellow and 1 blue
Teal: 1 blue and 1 green
White: Do not add any coloring.  Add to lighten any color.
Pink: Red and white
Flesh: Takes some playing with brown and pink

Pour colored mixture into any containers that you re-purpose. Soda bottle caps, egg carton sections, milk jug caps, mini muffin tins and glass jars are just some ideas.

The paints can be used wet or dry. If using them dry wet your brush and drop a dab of water on top of the paint to softened.

Paint on water-color paper or construction paper. The paints work just as well as store purchased paints. They do have a slight chalk appearance but the colors are bright and custom.

Want to see the process of making the paints? You can view my video below.

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